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Hunchback Goes Steampunk In "Modo"

Thunderbird, Sandpiper Entertainment and ScreenWest are developing "Modo," a film adaptation of Arthur Slade's steampunk novel "The Hunchback Assignments".

The first novel in a series, the story follows a child hunchback plucked from a freak show and raised in isolation as an agent for the Permanent Association - a spy agency for Brittania and its efforts to oversee its empire.

At age fourteen, he's dumped on the streets of London and, with another Association agent, uncovers a plot by the Clockwork Guild behind the murders of important men.

Paul Barron ("Serangoon Road") and Alex Raffe ("I've Heard the Mermaids Singing") will produce.

Source: Variety
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Toronto: Why 'Into the Forest' Filmmaker Patricia Rozema Is Only Making Female-Led Films From Now On

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Toronto: Why 'Into the Forest' Filmmaker Patricia Rozema Is Only Making Female-Led Films From Now On
Read More: Patricia Rozema, Sophie Deraspe and Other Female Canadian Talent To Be Feted at Tiff Canadian filmmaker Patricia Rozema has long been captivated by films that focus squarely on women and their experiences in the world, as evidenced by features like her seminal lesbian dramedy "I've Heard the Mermaids Singing," the murder mystery "White Room" and the Jane Austen adaptation "Mansfield Park." For her latest film, however, Rozema turns her eye to something slightly different -- still women and their experiences, but ones that take place beyond the existing world. In "Into the Forest," sisters Nell (Ellen Page) and Eva (Evan Rachel Wood) live through some kind of cataclysmic event -- the film, based on Jean Hegland's book of the same name, never quite clarifies what has happened, a narrative choice that Rozema effectively translates to the big screen -- and then attempt to carve out a new
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Tiff First Looks: Ellen Page & Evan Rachel Wood In ‘Into The Forest’ & Ethan Hawke In ‘Born To Be Blue’

The Toronto International Film Festival has revealed the shorts and Canadian portion of their line-up. Highlights include Patricia Rozema’s (“Mansfield Park,” and “I've Heard the Mermaids Singing”) “Into The Forest” starring Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood, and “Born To Be Blue” which stars Ethan Hawke as famous jazz trumpeter Chet Baker. ‘Woods’ centers on two teenage sisters (Page and Wood) who struggle to survive in a remote country house after a massive, continent-wide power outage, in what Tiff describes as a “gripping apocalyptic thriller” which also boasts a score from the great Max Richter. In ‘Blue,’ Hawke stars in this remarkably creative reimagining of the legendary jazz trumpeter's struggle to overcome his drug addiction and stage a comeback. Another great highlight is Guy Maddin's deliriously strange "The Forbidden Room," which we reviewed in Berlin. Read More: The Best, Worst And Most Disappointing Films Of The 2014 Toronto International Film.
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Whatever Happened To.... the cast of "When Night is Falling"

Patricia Rozema's 1995 film When Night is Falling followed the story of Camille, a "straight" woman who is trying to find happiness in the things that are going right for her. But when her dog dies and she meets an alluring circus performer at the laundromat, things begin to shift, and she can't tell if it's for better or for worse.

Whatever came of the actors and director behind the '90s circus-lesbian flick? We'll tell you!

Pascale Bussières as Camille, a professor at a religious university who falls for another woman

The redheaded French Canadian beauty has starred in several films in her home country, including another gay-themed film, Set Me Free (1999) and one called Replay, in which she was obsessed with her best friend. In more recent years, she's appeared on French TV shows Belle-Baie and Mirador, while continuing to make films. (She's starred in two that came out this year already.
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Lisa Cholodenko on "The Kids Are All Right," "High Art" and working on "The L Word"

You likely have your own views on The Kids Are All Right, whether you've seen it or not. We've had several viewpoints shared by contributors of different opinions, but people in some parts of the country still haven't been able to see the film. Today, The Kids Are All Right is released on DVD, which means anyone with access to the internet can purchase a copy and watch it for themselves.

Out writer/director Lisa Cholodenko is behind the film that got people talking about lesbian partnerships, gay parenthood and sexual fluidity. The release of The Kids Are All Right also coincided with a new study about children of gay parents being well-adjusted, prompting many reports on the film to signal it as proof that there's a new "normal" when it comes to the nuclear family, and it's not always about having one mom and one dad.

But with power comes great responsibility.
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